MILWAUKEE — Putting a message on a shirt. It sounds simple. It is simple, but it can have a profound impact.
"... You're wearing it on your sleeve, literally. It's part of your everyday life. It's something that you are wearing, and you are letting people know what you support and advocating for without having to say anything," Enrique Murguia, a community organizer and owner of Milwaukee OATS, a screen printing studio said.
Enrique Murgia has been promoting positivity and self empowerment with his screen printing business Milwaukee OATS. He works with TONS of local non profits. pic.twitter.com/K85UavxS3r— James Groh (@JamesGroh_) June 24, 2020
OATS stands for 'Only A T-Shirt."
"It could become more than just this simple t-shirt. It could be the positive message that it portrays," Murguia said.
Since 2014, Murgia has been promoting messages of positivity and self-empowerment through his screen-printing business in Bay View.
He has worked with tons of local nonprofits like Safe and Sound, Urban Underground, Cream City Conservation, and the Office of Violence Prevention.
"The idea behind the movement was to spread positive ideas and positive messages using a simple t-shirt."
Lately, he has been printing shirts that say Black Lives Matter and ones with quotes civil rights activist Assata Shakur.
He does print other shirts for any and all organizations, businesses, and events. However, Murguia likes to make ones that inspire change.
"It's important to do something like this just to spread positive messages to different people," he said.
It might just be a shirt, but the message speaks volumes.